September 13, 2012

Aging Gracefully with Yoga


This week's beauty is Paige Pellegrino who was a classmate and a friend of mine in high school. The interesting thing is that Paige found me when she accidentally came across Lines of Beauty, not through an alumni list or Facebook. Paige is an artist, a Thai Massage Practitioner, and a yoga instructor. Her website is Willow Grace Yoga.

Paige has this to share about growing older:

"Being 50 something is FAB. Well actually, it’s more about feeling comfortable with the skin I'm in. I'm 51 and wouldn't change a thing. Who wants to go back to 29? Not me. I'm not saying there aren't days that I don't feel great, and lack confidence, but being 50 is wonderful. 

We have permission to finally say NO! We know what we want, who we are, and how we want to spend our time. 

Six years ago I stepped into my first yoga class and fell in love. I've trained at one of the best yoga centers in the world; Kripalu, located in western Massachusetts. Teaching and sharing yoga has kept me grounded, and focused. Teaching yoga to special populations has rewarded me with gratitude that I couldn't buy if I wanted. There’s richness in doing what you love. 

The trick is bringing this yoga stuff off the mat and into my life. Accepting myself as I am; flaws and all, with no strings attached. Sometimes judgment and insecurities do pop up, but in that case, a few breaths, a few time outs, and I'm good to go.

As a woman in her 50’s, I've found the most important thing for me is to laugh and have a bit of fun. Learning to poke fun at myself is the best medicine. My grandmother lived to 103!  Her secret was a little giggle at the end of each sentence. Why not go through life happy? To be honest, a little red wine goes a long way too!

I've learned to embrace every flaw, every wrinkle, as a messenger to who I authentically am. Every little wrinkle tells a story that I wouldn't trade for the world. I intend to go through this aging process as a natural part of growing into who I am supposed to be. No botox for me baby! No judgments, it’s just not how I intend to grow. The gray hairs are starting to sprout little by little. Will I color? Of course. Will I wear make up and lipstick? You bet your ass I will! 

On the serious side, the most difficult part of aging is losing those that we love. We are slowly beginning to lose grandparents, parents, spouses, and friends. I lost my father to cancer last year which has been one of the hardest things in my life. But that is life. It’s all a reminder that things don't last forever; that things are born and that things eventually end. Life does go on. So I shall continue practicing “50 Something Awesomeness” and living out loud! 

Thank you Paige for being this week's beauty. XO


10 comments:

  1. Great article. I think your attitude about aging is wonderful. So many people write about how to cover up the aging process.You and I are on the same page of aging with grace.

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  2. Beautiful insights from a beautiful woman! Thanks for sharing.

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  3. Excellent post - I am a huge fan of Yoga, which I think has MANY benefits to us elders!

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  4. Thank you all for your comments. Paige if you have a minute, and wouldn't mind, can you tell us a bit about what you do, along with yoga, when judgements and insecurities about yourself come up?

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  5. Thank you for the sweet comments. I teach yoga for the most part every day, so that really helps when I'm feeling diminished. The trick is to get "out of your mind" and more into the body. The body doesn't make you feel bad, it's the mind that likes playing games. So, if I'm not teaching, I try to feel and explore the opposite sensation when I'm feeling less than whole. Feeling bad about myself, I try to feel the opposite--what makes me feel good today? I can usually think of something to feel thankful for. On the days that I struggle to find the opposite, just thinking about waking up and having my feet touch the floor gives me gratitude. Also, practicing a daily mantra helps. It doesn't have to be yoga-ish or Sanskrit language. Just a word or two that makes me feel good. Another technique is thinking of my inner sanctuary. What makes me feel loved and supported? Where do I like to go to seek peace? I think of that special place as my own sanctuary. Anytime throughout the day if I feel stressed, hurt or diminished, I think of this special sanctuary to bring me back to balance. It's like a little pause, a place to stop and reset. Insecurities and judgements like to hang around in the mind, so getting out of the mind is key. Finding the balance dance can be challenging, so start with two feet on the floor, take a big breath, and get moving! xoxo

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  6. Terrific advice. Thank you. I always try and "change the channel" when I am having negative thoughts and it sounds like this is pretty much what you do to.

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  7. what an inspiring post
    and
    also her sharings in the comment area.
    thank you both louise and paige!:)

    vibeke

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  8. Fantastic post, Louise and Paige! Paige, your soul is shining from the inside out ~Blessings~

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  9. It is a delight to read this article. Care with excellence at no terms and condition is your priority and seem beneficial for the mankind. Great work. Keep going. Thanks

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